This month we are kicking off an awesome Fort Building challenge with the help of Building Blocks and Acorns and some amazing bloggers! Each day this month a new, creative fort will be added to the list. Who remembers hiding out in a fort built of blankets in their family room? Some of the best times as a kid! We are taking it up a notch and adding fun themes to our forts, and we are starting with a simple to make Snow Fort – a perfectly winter wonderland hide out for the kids.
So let’s get going with our building, shall we? We created a cozy Snow Fort. The goal was to create a winter wonderland for the kids even though we live in sunny southern California. And I’d say we accomplished that goal!
- Large Grey Sheet (Queen Size)
- Several Rolls of Buffalo Snow
- White Blankets and Sheets
- Sheer white fabric
- White Card Stock
- White Paper
- Fishing Line
- 1″ Circle Punch
- Masking Tape
- scotch taps
- Clothes Pins
- Wintry Items/Toys/Books
- Twinkle Lights
We started our fort off with just a single queen sized sheet. I turned the couch around backwards and attached one side of the sheet to the top of our large entertainment center using masking tape. I then attached the other side to the top of the couch cushions using clothes pins. One the base of our fort was built, we added in white blankets, pillows, and rolls of buffalo snow to create a “snowy” atmosphere.
Decorations and Activities:
To create a full winter wonderland I decided we definitely needed some “falling snow” and snow flakes. The kids cut out lots of snowflakes that I hung with fishing wire and attached to the sides of the sheet.
Using a 1″ circle punch, I punched out tons of circles with our card stock. I taped the circles to a long string of fishing line, spread a few inches apart, to create a “falling snow” garland. The garland was hung from the underside of the sheet, or the ceiling of the fort.
In one corner we placed a basket and filled it with snow themed books and stuffed animals. My youngest little Frozen fan included her Elsa doll as well, I guess she was envisioning more “Ice Castle” than Snow Fort! We added a small light up Christmas tree, a light up snowman, and some stacking snowman boxes as well.
The kids enjoyed reading, coloring, and watching movies in their cozy snow fort. They loved it so much they actually cried a few days later when it was time to take it down.
Oh! And with the addition of the twinkle lights, the Snow Fort was eve COOLER at night!
Ok, now your turn for the challenge! Go build a fort! And don’t forget to check back and see all the cool forts we are building. You can even print out a calender from the Fort Building Challenge to see which forts will be next. There are some really creative ideas there!